Heart Attacks 101

Being heart healthy and heart-smart is important to us. There is so much information out there that people should know - and below are the links to the top three inquiries that we receive on a weekly basis. We also figured that here would be a good place to post the warning signs of a heart attack.
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack 

Chest Pain
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort in the Upper Body
Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of Breath
The person may have shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

Other Signs
Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness, a sense of impending doom, and more.
Heart attacks are life-and-death emergencies — every second counts. If you or a friend or loved one have any of the above listed symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or your local emergency response number. Not all of these signs may occur in every heart attack.

Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast! Today heart attack victims can benefit from new medications and treatments unavailable to patients in years past. For example, clot-busting drugs can stop some heart attacks in progress, reducing disability and saving lives.

But in order to be effective, these drugs must be given relatively quickly after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. So again, don't delay — get help right away!

 

Compression-Only CPR

The role of rescue breathing in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) performed by a layperson is uncertain. We hypothesized that the dispatcher instructions to bystanders to provide chest compression alone would result in improved survival as compared with instructions to provide chest compression plus rescue breathing... (source: NE Journal of Medicine)

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The Miracles of Aspirin When Taken for Heart Attacks

Chewable aspirin is absorbed faster and is more effective than regular aspirin that is either swallowed whole or chewed and then swallowed, a new study shows. This “seemingly quite simple finding” could lead to improvements in the care of heart attack patients, researchers say...

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